On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Itziar to Deba

February 12, 2015 — Leave a comment

While I had seen a few dogs and donkeys being led to Santiago de Compostela by their owners, I didn’t recall seeing a pony. When I met the beautiful pony in the hills West of Zumaia, I wondered what it would be like for us to walk side-by-side to Santiago. No, I wasn’t going to open the gate and let the little guy out, but if he jumped the fence and said “Let’s go to Santiago,” I would have considered taking him along. I think our walk would have been quite enjoyable, however, it would have certainly made finding accommodations more difficult and probably cost me a fortune in food!

If I can get serious now, I will emphasize to always carry lots of water along these quiet or more remote stretches of the Camino del Norte. Drinkable water is not always available and it may cause you problems depending on the heat or where you are. I learned my lesson on the next day.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zumaia to Itziar, on the outskirts of Itziar. First, let’s take one more look at the pony and say goodbye before continuing.

Cute Pony Basque Camino del Norte



From Elorriaga there was a steep descent and then a series of tiring ups and downs before the climb to Itziar. Here, the road climbs between forest and farmland.

Itziar Road Camino del Norte



I stopped to pay my respects for a fallen pilgrim.

Itziar Spain Memorial Camino del Norte



One kilometer to Itziar.

Itziar Spain signpost Camino del Norte



This path soon takes us…

Itziar Spain path Camino del Norte



to the highway with Itziar just ahead. Thankfully, the town was located near the height of land for this stretch of the Camino. When I walked, no albergues were present in Itziar, but I understand there is one now. Always carry the most up-to-date albergue and accomodation guide while walking so you don’t have any problems with arriving to closed doors. This is not the the Camino Francés and you could go many kilometers without pilgrim hostels. Itziar also has at least one bed and breakfast if you want somewhere a little more private or extravagant.

Itziar Spain highway Camino del Norte



The Iglesia de Santa María sits near the top of the hill in Itziar.

Itziar Spain Church Santa María Camino del Norte



Very quiet streets late in the day. When I mean late in the day, I’m talking about 8pm. Yes, I walked long days 🙂

Itziar Spain street Santa María Camino del Norte



Itziar downtown Santa María Camino del Norte



Back to the church for a quick look around.

Itziar Iglesia Santa María Camino del Norte



I couldn’t afford any mistakes looking for the Camino at this time of day, and watched the signs and arrows closely.

Itziar Signpost Deba Camino del Norte



Please excuse the view. This guy seemed to have rather large… ummm… we better move on.

Itziar sheep testicles Deba Camino del Norte



 “Hey city boy. Have you not seen a sheep’s testicles before? Get lost!”

Itziar sheep Deba Camino del Norte



Oh my. Another hill ahead!

Road Deba Spain Camino del Norte



 Stopped for a moment at this icon before…

Icon Deba Spain Camino del Norte



paying respects for another fallen pilgrim.

Deba Memorial Spain Camino del Norte



I was almost out of daylight and it was darker than it looks here. I was happy because just ahead was…

Deba Road Spain Camino del Norte



the town of Deba, which had one of the most interesting forms of pilgrim transportation. Yes, this elevator is part of the Camino, although I don’t think pilgrims in the middle ages had it so easy.

Deba elevator Spain Camino del Norte



This photo gives you an idea how the inside of one of the rooms at the municipal albergue looks. This was the next morning.

Deba Spain albergue bed Camino del Norte

I’ll leave this post in Deba, as I was lucky to get a bed for the night. Although the albergue was close to the upper level of the elevator, if you’re late, you have to go down to the police station in the town center to get a room. That was an interesting experience, as the police officer was not happy that I arrived so late. By the time I got to the albergue, it was pitch black outside.

Please join me on my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Deba to Ermita del Calvario, as I left Deba a little late in the morning. Although the walk was through a beautiful countryside with a mix of forest and farmland, I began to struggle and my health deteriorated. Later in the day, I would have the most unnerving experience ever on the Camino. I’ll get to that later.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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